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Women in the judiciary recount their experiences from sexual harassment and rape from colleagues and bosses, as well as threats that careers would be terminated in case they did not agree to sex. Credit: Anders Wiklund/TT

Female lawyers stand up against sexism in the judiciary

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Women working in the judiciary are now stepping forward to share stories of sexual harassment in the workplace.

So far, the #metoo campaign in Sweden has seen women in media, in film, theatre, and opera join together and share their experiences of sexual harassment by colleagues and bosses.

This week, 4,445 women in the legal system published a petition in the daily Svenska Dagbladet, demanding an end to women being "sexualised, marginalised, belittled and used" in the judiciary.

Part of the petition is a long list of examples of what they have experienced at work, including sexual harassment, rape and threats that careers would be terminated in case they did not agree to sex.

If you represent the law, it would be suitable if you uphold it yourself,"

Justice and Home Affairs Minister Morgan Johansson told Swedish Radio that he found it striking how the witness statements are coming from all corners of society. "All sectors, all classes", he said.

"This shows that it is a very, very big problem. But it also shows that we maybe finally, after a very long time, have lifted a lid, which means that we now actually can talk about things that we have not talked about before," Johansson said.

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